September Installment: Flora

Customizable, flowery illustrations. Flora is a step back to my vectory roots, and an overdue re-born interest in what Flash can do.

About “Flora”

Flora was based on a single sketch inspired during my recent holiday. I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Langeland (just like last year), and a tiny image got stuck in my mind. I remember it as being either an illustration, or a painting on some wall. Whether I saw this image on the television in the evenings or elsewhere, I do not remember, and it doesn’t matter. The tiny sketch I made displayed some highly stylized flowers, interconnected by thin lines.

Building the first mockup from this sketch was just like the “old days”. Back then, we didn’t care about usability or accessability. Back then I didn’t even know the difference know what those words meant. But we did create some crazy things, and the community was great.

It seems I got too caught up in the patterns of the Old Ways, because the first mockup nicely illustrated one of the problems I wouldn’t have cared about back then. People thought it was just a still image. The quick resolution was to add an animated introduction, displaying just how things work. How delicious to be able to do that; an animated introduction would be all but impossible in HTML. But this is not about Flash vs. HTML, that’s discussed more interestingly elsewhere.

This is about rediscovering your roots, and I must say for the first time since awaiting Flash 6 (or MX), I’m now eagerly awaiting Flash 8, the Last of the Clan Macromedia. (Stay tuned for a 6th of September release!)

Next

Time is not my ally these days, and I do not know when I will get more of it. On the horizon, however, are wallpapers from Flora, and an source code release of the draggable dots used. It was based on code by Robert Penner anyway, so it only makes sense.

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No | May – Stagecraft

Directly inspired by, “Stagecraft” is an homage to the excellent film: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Or more specifically, the end-credits…

About “Stagecraft”

I was lucky enough to catch the Lemony Snicket movie while it was still in theatres in Denmark. Not only is this an excellently entertaining movie which you absolutely must see, but it is also a work of art—from the start to the very end, and even after the end. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I recommend you rent it or purchase it right away.

Noscope May is directly influenced by, and inspired by the end credits of Snicket. Heck, it’s almost derived from it. As such, let there be no doubt that this effort is a tribute to the talented graphic designers who spent hard work in creating such inspiring end-credits.

With that said, I have tried giving it my own twist. Obviously the concept of the images is based on digitally visualizing old-tyme puppetry. That means elaborate textures, stylized shapes and drop shadows resulting from the front spotlight.

All in all I’m satisfied with the end result. I particularly like how pictures #2 and #5 came out. Images #1 and #4 I consider the weakest of the bunch, probably because they partially break with the concept of cardboard cutouts and instead rely on silhuettes in the wrong places.

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No | May – Stagecraft

Directly inspired by, “Stagecraft” is an homage to the excellent film: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Or more specifically, the end-credits…

About “Stagecraft”

I was lucky enough to catch the Lemony Snicket movie while it was still in theatres in Denmark. Not only is this an excellently entertaining movie which you absolutely must see, but it is also a work of art—from the start to the very end, and even after the end. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I recommend you rent it or purchase it right away.

Noscope May is directly influenced by, and inspired by the end credits of Snicket. Heck, it’s almost derived from it. As such, let there be no doubt that this effort is a tribute to the talented graphic designers who spent hard work in creating such inspiring end-credits.

With that said, I have tried giving it my own twist. Obviously the concept of the images is based on digitally visualizing old-tyme puppetry. That means elaborate textures, stylized shapes and drop shadows resulting from the front spotlight.

All in all I’m satisfied with the end result. I particularly like how pictures #2 and #5 came out. Images #1 and #4 I consider the weakest of the bunch, probably because they partially break with the concept of cardboard cutouts and instead rely on silhuettes in the wrong places.

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No | December – Surrealisme

Noscope December is an attempt to step back in history to the surrealists. Surrealism was a movement, and the surrealists tried to penetrate the crust of the existing reality in search of the true reality – the super reality. Hence the name, “sur – realisme”, french for “over-realism”.

About “Surrealisme”

It all really started with an illustration I saw in a Danish magazine called “Ud & Se”. It was an illustration accompanying an article about “mind medication”, and showed a blissfully smiling man, with his head being poetically dragged apart as though it was goo. It was a lovely inspiration, and reminded me that Photoshop has just such a tool, called “Liquify”. I cut out the illustration, and hung it in my kitchen. It was enough for me to decide to explore the “liquify” tool this December.

I did the images chronologically this month, so picture #5 was the last one I did over a period of two days. I do think I went overboard with the liquification of the clouds in some of the images, but all in all, I’m satisfied with the final result.

As for the composition of the images, since the very purpose was to explore the liquify tool under the cover of “Surrealism”, I wanted a big canvas to liquify. As such, I have purposefully let the clouds be the major player in the images.

The tiled ground/forests in the bottom of the images, that too, is on purpose. On one hand it adds to sense that “something’s not quite right here”, and on the other hand it clearly communicates “this is just decoration, look at the interesting part above”.

The huge tree limb, or tree tops in the right of the images are there for a couple of reasons. First of all, it looks eerie, and adds some dynamic to an image that would otherwise just be a vista. Secondly, it adds distance from the background to the individual tree.

Music

The beautiful musical track is, as always, composed by Kate. This specific track, is one of my absolute favourites – let it play for a few minutes to get the full experience.

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No | December – Surrealisme

Noscope December is an attempt to step back in history to the surrealists. Surrealism was a movement, and the surrealists tried to penetrate the crust of the existing reality in search of the true reality – the super reality. Hence the name, “sur – realisme”, french for “over-realism”.

About “Surrealisme”

It all really started with an illustration I saw in a Danish magazine called “Ud & Se”. It was an illustration accompanying an article about “mind medication”, and showed a blissfully smiling man, with his head being poetically dragged apart as though it was goo. It was a lovely inspiration, and reminded me that Photoshop has just such a tool, called “Liquify”. I cut out the illustration, and hung it in my kitchen. It was enough for me to decide to explore the “liquify” tool this December.

I did the images chronologically this month, so picture #5 was the last one I did over a period of two days. I do think I went overboard with the liquification of the clouds in some of the images, but all in all, I’m satisfied with the final result.

As for the composition of the images, since the very purpose was to explore the liquify tool under the cover of “Surrealism”, I wanted a big canvas to liquify. As such, I have purposefully let the clouds be the major player in the images.

The tiled ground/forests in the bottom of the images, that too, is on purpose. On one hand it adds to sense that “something’s not quite right here”, and on the other hand it clearly communicates “this is just decoration, look at the interesting part above”.

The huge tree limb, or tree tops in the right of the images are there for a couple of reasons. First of all, it looks eerie, and adds some dynamic to an image that would otherwise just be a vista. Secondly, it adds distance from the background to the individual tree.

Music

The beautiful musical track is, as always, composed by Kate. This specific track, is one of my absolute favourites – let it play for a few minutes to get the full experience.

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No | November – Autumn

Noscope November is a celebration of the most beautiful of autumns I have experienced in years. The leaves are saturated more than ever before, and the sky has been gray in the most wonderful way.

October was a good month for me. While I was busy as ever with moving from Vesterbro to Amager, it’s been a great experience, and I’m thrilled with my new locations. In fact, Image #1, my personal favourite of the 5, was taken not long from my new apartment.

But October did not only present me with a new apartment, it also presented me with a fantastic trip to Sweden with some of my close friends. We sat under the cold cold night sky, around the fire in the garden, packed in layers of sweaters we found in our house. We counted shooting stars, while drinking white russians. On the last day, we grilled dinner down by the barn, with extra coal due to the sub zero temperature. Those are moments to remember.

Naturally all those events saturated the leaves extra for me, and as such, this is a tribute to mother nature and all the fantastic events she can present to us. I hope you’ll all have a great autumn.

Music

The beautiful musical track is called “Red Tide”, and was initially composed for May 2003. You can download the full-length song from Kate, but consider purchasing her bands CD, “The Aqua Path” for 10 USD (+ shipping) at cdbaby.com.

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No | November – Autumn

Noscope November is a celebration of the most beautiful of autumns I have experienced in years. The leaves are saturated more than ever before, and the sky has been gray in the most wonderful way.

October was a good month for me. While I was busy as ever with moving from Vesterbro to Amager, it’s been a great experience, and I’m thrilled with my new locations. In fact, Image #1, my personal favourite of the 5, was taken not long from my new apartment.

But October did not only present me with a new apartment, it also presented me with a fantastic trip to Sweden with some of my close friends. We sat under the cold cold night sky, around the fire in the garden, packed in layers of sweaters we found in our house. We counted shooting stars, while drinking white russians. On the last day, we grilled dinner down by the barn, with extra coal due to the sub zero temperature. Those are moments to remember.

Naturally all those events saturated the leaves extra for me, and as such, this is a tribute to mother nature and all the fantastic events she can present to us. I hope you’ll all have a great autumn.

Music

The beautiful musical track is called “Red Tide”, and was initially composed for May 2003. You can download the full-length song from Kate, but consider purchasing her bands CD, “The Aqua Path” for 10 USD (+ shipping) at cdbaby.com.

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